Easton Zinfandel Amador County 2006
Iâ€™m looking for wines for Thanksgiving, so Iâ€™m looking for American. Thereâ€™s no grape more American than Zinfandel, and it just so happens that Zins can be a decent match for the Thanksgiving meal. The â€œEastonâ€ label draws my eye because in addition to being a wine geek Iâ€™m also a baseball geek, and Easton is the brand name for the most popular aluminum baseball bat. I turn the bottle to read the label and the wine is from Plymouth, California. Plymouth, as in Plymouth Rock (yes, I know the Mayflower stopped at the Plymouth Rock in Massachusetts … work with me here). Do I even need to move on to the tasting notes? Itâ€™s already a pickup for Thanksgiving, for nothing more than a conversation piece.
As it turns out, the wine is fabulous with the turkey and most of the trimmings. Though it has open, forward flavors on the palate, itâ€™s not over the top but rather on the soft side, at least as far as Zinfandels go. The nose tempts with bright raspberry, blackberry, plum, and earthy aromas, with a touch of tar. In the mouth you get flavors of ripe blackberry, black raspberry, black cherry, blueberry, a spicy component, and hints of earth, tobacco, black pepper. The finish is only a touch hot with tar and ripe tannins dominating. The texture is smooth â€“ almost creamy â€“ the acidity is medium-low to medium, the tannins are a bit under medium. The wine works with the dark meat, and is just soft enough to compliment the white meat as long as you pour on the chestnut gravy and/or take a bite of stuffing with it. It surprisingly did not spoil the taste in my mouth after chowing down brussel sprouts â€“ which is pretty impressive. Overall it is a fine choice for the Thanksgiving table. At $15.99, itâ€™s a fair value.
a-7 t-8 b-8 fc-8 v-8 ~ 89 Points